Blog: ER/Business Asset Disposal Relief

Growth Shares

Tax Bite – Growth Shares Growth shares are a popular form of equity incentive, particularly where enterprise management incentive (EMI) options are unavailable. This might be, for example, because: • The company carries on significant “excluded” or non-trading activities for EMI purposes, so does not meet the trading status requirement; • The incentive is to be in a subsidiary company; • The...

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ER Anti-Forestalling Rules

It was announced in the Budget on 11 March 2020 that the ER lifetime limit is reduced from £10m to £1m for sales on or after that date. The draft legislation published on Budget day unfortunately goes considerably further, as it also contains two measures described as “anti-forestalling” rules designed to capture ER planning implemented pre-Budget, but which in our view had the potential to...

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Maximising Entrepreneurs’ Relief in the Post-Budget Era

The lifetime limit for capital gains that can be subject to entrepreneurs’ relief (to be re-named business asset disposal relief for tax year 2020/21 onwards) has been reduced from £10m to £1m. A successful ER claim reduces the rate of capital tax on the sale of an asset by 10%, so this curtailment is very significant. This Tax Bite provides some basic tips on maximising ER on share sales. As a...

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Top 10 Tax Points for Companies During the Coronavirus Crisis

We are getting an increased number of enquiries about EMI options, sometimes linked with a salary sacrifice. Companies are hoping to agree low values with HMRC as a result of the economic uncertainty (we will update you once we have seen how HMRC are responding to these valuation submissions) and we have also seen companies wanting to reduce salaries in return for EMI options – this raises some...

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